Ever dream of finding a secret old room in your house? … Well, it really happened to a friend of mine

September 7, 2013

by Peter Fisk, History on the Road

Behind David's refrigerator.

Behind David’s refrigerator.

Have you ever pulled out your refrigerator and found something unexpected back there amid the usual pile of dust – a cat toy, a fork, some coins, the car keys you lost a year ago? Well, my friend David Sabados recently pulled out his refrigerator and found a secret room behind it.

David had got a new refrigerator for his home in Denver and was removing the old one when it suddenly became apparent that the fridge was framed into a doorway that led to a small room behind it, with built-in drawers, shelves and cabinets. Unfortunately for us mystery lovers, there was nothing in the room: no corpse in a gray pin-striped business suit, no hidden treasure, no Al Capone or Geraldo Rivera. From the pictures he emailed me, I’d say the room is about 4 feet by 8 feet. David surmises that during a remodeling at some point by a previous owner it was decided to close off space that was connected to the original kitchen, thus creating the secret room. “The room behind the fridge might have been a pantry and when installing a more modern fridge they probably just decided they didn’t need the extra storage and cut the doorway bigger to fit the fridge,” he said. The room appears old but not ancient: There’s a three-pronged electrical outlet in there.

When David posted a picture of the secret room on Facebook, he was surprised at how much the discovery intrigued his friends. By then he had already installed the new refrigerator, closing off the secret room. He said he couldn’t think of any practical use for the space.

QUESTION: If you found a secret room like this behind your refrigerator, what would you do with it?

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  • http://barefootmeg.multiply.com barefootmeg

    I’d find a new place for the fridge and use that storage space!

    • http://forgottenfortcollins.com/ Forgotten Fort Collins

      That sounds good, Meg. I was thinking maybe as an emergency shelter
      during a tornado warning or something like that. … When you’re in the
      secret room, you could even turn the fridge around so it faces into the
      room so the doorway is closed but you still have access to snacks and
      cold beer!

  • http://forgottenfortcollins.com/ Forgotten Fort Collins

    That sounds good, Meg. I was thinking maybe as an emergency shelter during a tornado watch or something like that.

  • Kit Dunsmore

    He can’t cut into the space from somewhere else? Because it would kill me to have a room I couldn’t get into or use! Especially a cool little “hidden” room. I’d either make it into a play room (with all my best toys) or my secret office (where I hide when I want to work without being disturbed).